This Man Deserves It

 For all his fornications, he is guilty.  For his selfish manipulations and lusts, every teenage violation of his future wife, he is unquestionably guilty.  For all of his anger, his petty hatreds and grudges (which he so often carries deep under his skin, where he thinks no one can see), he is guilty.  The... Continue Reading →

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30 Seconds On Grace

   Christian, the grace you extend is the grace you really believe in.  If you do not forgive the sins and mistakes of others, it is because, regardless of what you say, you do not approach God with the posture of one who has been forgiven of wrongdoing.   Instead, you see yourself as more righteous... Continue Reading →

15 Seconds On Eleos

   Mercy is what founded the church.  The impenetrable walls of the Kingdom of Christ, the ink of His redemptive Story, is the unmerited love of God.  His inexplicable, unsearchable adoration for His formerly wretched people.   The power that held back the deep waters of an Egyptian sea for Moses and that killed 185,000 soldiers... Continue Reading →

4 Thoughts On God and Race

The Holy Spirit spoke through His Word at Velocity Church in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Price Hill today.  Pastor Steve Staton expounded Jesus' story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 to a gathered group of people who were probably 50/50 black/white.   And I wrote down a few thoughts. The Gospel of forgiveness for... Continue Reading →

45 Seconds On Belief

   Everyone is living out some system of belief.  The question simply comes down to which one.  Are you living out the belief system that this world and what it has to offer are the best or only prize?  Or do your steps, which always speak better than words about what a person really believes,... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds for Father’s Day

   My Heavenly Father, the One who sent His Son Jesus to save selfish people like me, is slow to anger and abounding in rock-steady love.  He always tells the truth.  He forgives the wrongs done against Him.  He gives profoundly beautiful gifts, chief among them His Holy Spirit.  He disciplines me in order to... Continue Reading →

30 Seconds on Why the Universe Exists

   For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17 One of the most encouraging things we who are... Continue Reading →

A (Surprisingly Happy) Privilege

Those of us in America who love and have been saved by the God of Jesus Christ have, it appears to me, a great privilege in the near future. We have been given the honor of bearing Christ's Name as an increasingly obvious minority. It's time for us to be despised and respond with mercy,... Continue Reading →

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